Oakland, Califórnia, EUA, September 23, 2021 - Embraer-X, Embraer's disruptive business subsidiary, and US Silicon Valley company Pyka today announced a partnership to accelerate the future of autonomous agricultural spraying. The collaboration is focused on the technology, certification, operation and future commercialization of the Pelican, an all-electric, autonomous fixed-wing agricultural aircraft developed by Pyka.
Using more agile experimental processes, the companies will work together to accelerate the arrival of the autonomous solution to the precision agriculture market. Embraer-X is committed to exploring disruptive products and services that can revolutionize the business, including new business segments for Embraer's agricultural aviation area.
“Embraer-X is a market accelerator committed to developing solutions that can transform the world and inspire our partners through innovative ideas, with determination and creativity,” said Daniel Moczydlower, head of Embraer-X. “Pyka’s technological innovation and capability are in line with our strategy of accelerating the creation of new business models through partnerships with exponential growth potential.”
The companies will look for opportunities to leverage autonomous commercial services as the Pelican aircraft operation develops in Brazil in the coming years. The vehicle is already being used by Pyka customers in Central America to increase productivity, cost efficiency, safety and sustainability.
“We are extremely excited to partner with one of the world's largest aerospace companies to realize our vision of bringing an electric aircraft into everyday use,” said Michael Norcia, CEO and co-founder of Pyka. “We have been very focused on certifying and delivering a spectacular autonomous and electric aircraft to serve our customers. We are now partnering with an industry leader in one of the world's largest agricultural markets to help scale our electric plane business. We look forward to working with Embraer to integrate electric and autonomous agricultural aviation into agribusiness and the wider economy.”
The partnership is supported by Embraer's more than 50 years of history and experience in developing aircraft, certifying, manufacturing, marketing and providing after-sales services.
Embraer-X is a market accelerator committed to the development of solutions that transform life's experiences. A disruptive innovation subsidiary of Embraer S.A., it is located on Florida's Space Coast, in Melbourne, United States, integrated into the Company's engineering team in Brazil, all collaborating with the global innovation communities. Embraer-X's team of innovators, creators, thought leaders and designers combine a human-centered development vision with business and engineering expertise to tackle some of humanity's biggest mobility problems. For more information, visit EmbraerX.com.
Pyka is building the future of electric aviation. The company has developed the world's first and only commercially certified 100% electric autonomous aircraft. The agricultural aircraft already has more than 3,000 autonomous missions in one of the most complex and difficult environments for any aircraft to navigate. Pyka's proprietary technology involves autonomous flight control software, onboard computers, high power density batteries, high power density motor controllers and certified carbon fiber airframes to enable fully electric aircraft. The company is headquartered in Oakland, California. To learn more, visit www.flypyka.com.